Course 2017-2018 a.y.



Department of Law

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
CLMG (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - M (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - IM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - MM (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - AFC (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - CLEFIN-FINANCE (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - CLELI (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - ACME (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - DES-ESS (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - EMIT (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08) - GIO (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  IUS/08)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

Mass migration has reached extraordinary dimension due to both structural factors and contingencies of historical and political nature. The law needs to address a phenomenon like this in order to guarantee the rights of those who leave their own countries in search of life chances elsewhere and, at the same time, deal with the consequences of this phenomenon on the national political community.
Against this background, the course aims firstly to tackle the theoretical aspects relating to the entry of non-citizens in national political communities, with implications in terms of the multicultural polity building. Secondly, the course addresses the law in practice, from the dual perspective of domestic law and European and international law. Finally, a module is dedicated to the migrant workers status.
The course is open to students of all degree programs and aims to provide specific skills to those who are interested in working in international institutions, companies with multinational vocation and law firms.
  • Students, at the end of the course, have reached the following learning objectives
  • Know the theoretical foundation of the rights of foreigners.
  • Distinguish migration law from the general theory of human rights, in order to frame the migration problem within the complexity of ethical, cultural and legal aspects raised by the mass migration phenomenon.
  • Learn migration law contextualizing it within the framework of the European Union law and international law.
  • Know the legal status of migrant workers.
  • Be able to evaluate the most appropriate strategies, in their respective fields of activity, to address the complexity of the issues raised by non-citizens status.

Course Content Summary

  • Cosmopolitan theories and citizenship.
  • The rules on citizenship and the status of non-citizens (comparative perspective). 
  • The sources of immigration law.
  • The regulation governing the entry into the territory of the State (European and comparative perspective).
  • The right to asylum, political refuge, subsidiary protection.
  • The rights of unauthorised immigrants.
  • The discipline of the migrant worker: domestic and European perspectives.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Students shall sit a written exam, articulated in two open questions and five multiple-choice questions to be completed in one hour and fifteen minutes.


For attending students
  • R. RUBIO MARIN, (Editor), Human Rights and Immigration, Oxford University Press, 2014, selected chapters.
  • Other materials to be distributed by the professor

For non attending students

  • B. OPESKIN, R. PERRUCHOUD, J. REDPATH CROSS, (Editors), Foundations of international migration law, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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